Shumate, M., Cooper, K.R., Pilny, A., & Peña y Lillo, M. (in press). The nonprofit capacities instrument: A validation.  Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

Shumate, M., Hsieh, Y. P., & O’Connor, A. (in press). How nonprofits report their partnerships with businesses: Extending the symbiotic sustainability model. Business & Society.

Cooper, K.R. (in press). Nonprofit participation in collective impact: A comparative case.  Community Development.

Wang, R. (in press). Motivation, Governance, Efficacy and Contribution: A Social Practice Model of Commons-Based Peer Production. International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations.

Wang, R. & Chu, K. H. (2017). Networked Publics and the Organizing of Collective Action on Twitter: Examining the #Freebassel campaign. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. Online first. Available at

Fu, J. S. & Shumate, M. (2017). Understanding the size and spread of Chinese NGO networks: Capacity and board affiliations. Chinese Journal of Communication, 10, 72-88.

Fu, J. S. & Shumate, M. (2017). News media, social media, and hyperlink networks: An examination of integrated media effects. The Information Society, 33 (2), 53-63.


Published White Papers and Popular Press Articles

Haider, D., Cooper, K., & Maktoufi, R. (2016, October 20). Mergers as a strategy for success: 2016 Report from the Metropolitan Chicago Nonprofit Merger research project. Retrieved from

Milward, B., Cooper, K. R., & Shumate, M. (2016, Summer). Who says a common agenda is necessary for collective impact? Nonprofit Quarterly, available at:

Shumate, M. & Cooper, K. R. (2015, November). Sharing data in collective impact efforts. Stanford Social Innovation Review, available at:


Selected academic articles from NNSI authors and collaborators

Fu, J.S., & Shumate, M. (2016). Hyperlinks as institutionalized connective public goods for collective action online. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 21(4), 298-311. doi: 10.1111/jcc4.12161

Shumate, M., Fu, J. S., Cooper, K. R. & Ihm, J. (2016). Interorganizational network portfolios of nonprofit organizations. Proceedings of the 2016 Academy of Management Meeting. Anaheim, CA. [Top Paper: Public and Nonprofit Organizations Division & Winner of Carlo Masini Award for Innovative Scholarship]

Shumate, M. (2016). The Symbiotic Sustainability Model. In Craig E. Carroll (Eds.). The SAGE encyclopedia of corporate reputation. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Cooper, K. R. & Shumate, M. (2016). Policy brief: The case for using robust measures to evaluate nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit Policy Forum, 7, 39-47.

Wang, R., Liu, W., & Gao, S. (2016) Hashtag and information virality in networked social movement: Examining hashtag co-occurrence patterns. Online Information Review. 40(7). Online first.

Wang, R., Tanjasiri, S. P., Palmer, P., & Valente, T. V. (2016). Network Structure, Multiplexity, and Evolution as Influences on Community-Based Participatory Interventions. Journal of Community Psychology. 44(6): 781–798. doi:10.1002/jcop.21801.

Yang, A., & Wang, R. (2016). The value of freedom of expression and information on countries’ human rights performance: A cross-national longitudinal study. Mass Communication and Society. 19(3): 352-376.

Ihm, J., Peña y Lillo, M., Cooper, K.R., Atouba, Y., Shumate, M., Bello-Bravo, J., Ba, N., Dabire-Binso, C., & Pittendrigh, B. (2015). The case for a two-step approach to agricultural campaign design. Journal of Agricultural & Food Information, 6(3), 203-220. doi: 10.1080/10496505.2015.1033529

Fu, J.S. and Shumate, M. (2015). Social media activity and hyperlink network analysis: A holistic media ecology perspective. Proceedings of the 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.

Additional nonprofit publications
Ihm, J., Shumate, M., Bello-Bravo, J., Atouba, Y., Ba, N. M., Dabire-Binso, C. L., & Pittendrigh, B. R. (2014). How do service providers and clients perceive interorganizational networks? VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 1-17.

Shumate, M., Atouba, Y., Cooper, K. R., & Pilny, A. (2014). Two paths diverged: Examining the antecedents to social entrepreneurship. Management Communication Quarterly, 28, 404-421.

O’Connor, A., & Shumate, M. (2014). Corporate friendly NGOs: An analysis of NGO text and structure. Business & Society, 53, 105-133.

Atouba, Y. & Shumate, M. (2014). International nonprofit collaboration: Examining the role of homophily. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Shumate, M., Pilny, A., Atouba, Y.C., Kim, J., Peña y Lillo, M., Cooper, K.R., Sahagun, A., & Yang, S. (2013). A taxonomy of communication networks. In E. Cohen (Ed.), Communication Yearbook, 37, (pp. 94-123). New York: Routledge.

Cooper, K. R., & Shumate, M. (2012). Interorganizational collaboration explored through the bona fide network perspective. Management Communication Quarterly, 26(4), 623-654.

Shumate, M., & O’Connor, A. (2010). The symbiotic sustainability model: Conceptualizing NGO-corporate alliance communication. Journal of Communication, 63, 577-609.